Preface: How this book came to be written. -- Socrates and Athens. Their basic differences ; Socrates and Homer ; The clue on the Thersites story ; The nature of virtue and of knowledge ; Courage as virtue ; A wild goose chase: the Socratic search for absolute divergence ; Socrates and rhetoric ; The good life: the third Socratic divergence ; The prejudices of Socrates. -- The ordeal. Why did they wait until he was seventy? ; The three earthquakes ; Xenophon, Plato, and the three earthquakes ; The principal accuser ; How Socrates did his best to antagonize the jury ; How Socrates easily might have won acquittal ; What Socrates should have said ; The four words ; The final question. -- Epilogue: Was there a witch-hunt in ancient Athens?
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I.F. Stone was a legendary journalist. In this book he applies the same techniques to the Trial of Socrates, and comes to the same damning conclusion as Popper in “The Open Society and its Enemies”, except Popper was more careful. All we know about Socrates is Plato sock-puppeting Socrates. Still, far more accessible than Popper and overturns a great many holy cows of philosophers. As an alternative, read Bertrand Russell’s “History of Western Philosophy” and the chapter on Sparta.